Because of the NATO Summit and the potential for protestors getting out of hand, chaos and commuting nightmares in downtown Chicago, my office closed today and I am working from home! Which means a few extra minutes this morning to blog about my weekend. And just like back in my kindergarten school days, I would like to take these extra few minutes for a little a show and tell. And, since I’m not in kindergarten anymore, I’m going to break the rules and do more than one.
1. Listen to this: Ben Sollee.
My husband took a work trip to Nashville a few weeks ago and visited the Loveless Cafe. He was pleasantly surprised when their evening entertainment was Ben Sollee. Ben is a cellist, singer-songwriter and as it states on his website: “His style is a mix of the Appalachian music he heard while growing up in Kentucky to the R&B style that fits his soulful voice and thoughtful lyrics. Ben has also embraced the idea of slowing down to appreciate the communities around him, so he embarked on the “Ditch The Van” tour, where he and his crew ride their bikes (and tow their equipment) from venue to venue to take in the sites, sounds and people around them.”
In summary, his music is AMAZING, you will not be disappointed. We have been listening to it non-stop, and are going to one of his concerts this week in Chicago. So don’t delay and go buy his music on iTunes now.
2. Cook this: Pesto Whole Wheat Pasta with Turkey Sausage and Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
After perusing Pinterest (for many, many hours), I was pining after this recipe I found for Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Brussels Sprouts. After tweaking the recipe a little bit, we ended up with this:
And not even the smallest exaggeration: IT WAS AMAZING. I want to have it again. Maybe today. Here is the recipe we made if you are interested in our ‘tweaks.’
- 1 lb fresh brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and any yellowed/browned outer leaves removed, then sliced in half
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
- 1/2 tsp. Celtic sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
- 1 lb (16 oz.) whole wheat orecchiette (or any pasta)
- 4 spicy italian turkey sausage links, sliced into 1/4″ thick coins
- 5 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup pesto
- Parmesan cheese, for serving
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together brussels sprouts, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper. Gently stir until well-combined.
Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then spread the brussels sprouts on it evenly. Roast for about 20-30 minutes, stirring once partway through, or until they are crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside. We used big ones, so we cooked them for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, turning occasionally, until nearly-browned, about 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic, and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant and the sausage is browned.
Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water, and then toss together the pasta, pesto, cooked sausage and garlic, and brussels sprouts.
Serve warm, and sprinkle with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.
3. Read this: The Daybook.
Again, after some hanging out on Pinterest (follow me here), I pinned a few cute outfit images, clicked on the images to see where they originated and discovered this blog: The Daybook. It is safe to say that I am mildly obsessed. Sydney Poulton is an adorable mom who does mostly fashion posts, but also has some fun hair and beauty tips as well as fun ideas for new mommies. She also does monthly style posts on the Washingtonian, which are great fun to read. Check it out, I expect that you’ll love it too.
4. Watch this: Downton Abbey.
We just finished season 1 of Downton Abbey and although it took me a few epi’s, I am officially hooked and ready for season 2. You should definitely check it out (if you haven’t already).
5. Live by this: Quote (see below).
Since it is Monday morning (BIG sigh), here is some inspiration to get you through the week, or day or maybe just the morning. Happy Monday! xo